About The Bridge Project
The Bridge Project provides a path for youth in Denver’s public housing neighborhoods to graduate from high school and go on to attend college or choose a vocation by engaging them in educational opportunities and facilitating the development of life skills and self-sufficiency.
Elian, age 18, the first in his family to graduate high school and attend college
“You may know the Bridge Project as an after-school program that helps students with schoolwork. It’s so much more. It’s a place to belong — a second family that always welcomes you with open arms.”
Vision and Core Values
Our vision is that all youth in Denver’s public housing neighborhoods choose to be self-sufficient and contributing members of our community.
We will create an emotionally and physically safe environment for everyone to be supported. We will practice cultural responsiveness and inclusivity. In The Bridge Project community, we are safe, we belong, and we feel love. We build relationships through consistent acknowledgement, recognition and celebration of ourselves and one another.
We hold ourselves and each other accountable. We are truthful, honest and transparent. We all lead by example.
We are aware and thoughtful of our words, actions and programs. We value youth voices. We create and maintain a structure for positive youth development that aligns with The Bridge Project mission.
We have a growth mindset. We acknowledge we all have opportunity for growth. We show up as coachable. We give and receive feedback. We practice self-reflection and humility. We take action and we come to the table with solutions.
Whether they’re researchers, administrators or front-line educators, Bridge Project staff are dedicated to creating opportunities for youth in Denver low-income public housing communities.
- Dean: Amanda Moore McBride, PhD, Graduate School of Social Work
- Chair: Keith Arnold, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Image Projections West
- Lulani Antillon, Senior Vice President–Internal Audit, FirstBank
- Lynn Belcher, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Bayswater Exploration & Production
- Allyson Vistica Boies, Vice President–Land, Extraction Oil and Gas
- Craig Choun, Partner and CPA, EKS&H (now part of Plante Moran)
- Robyn Donahue, Founder and CEO, IntelliSource
- Suraya DeSorrento, Real Estate Broker and Investor, Suraya Inc.
- Gil Guethlein, District Landman, Bayswater Exploration & Production
- Jeff Jenson, PhD, Professor, Graduate School of Social Work
- Lynn Korus, Community Member
- Brian Midtbo, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder, Table to Tavern
- Jeff Miller, Managing Member and Owner, Miller Energy Group
- Greg Russell, Community Member
- Alec Wynne, Principal and Managing Director, Avison Young
Inspired by former University of Denver Chancellor Dan Ritchie and his vision that the University be a great private university dedicated to the public good, The Bridge Project was created in 1991 to reduce educational barriers, increase educational opportunities and improve learning outcomes for children and youth in Denver public housing communities. A collaboration among community members, University of Denver faculty and the Denver Housing Authority, The Bridge Project was co-founded by Ritchie and philanthropist Philip D. Winn (1925–2017).